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Quebec, je me souviens...

Saturday, January 21, 2006

My plane was cancelled, due to poor weather conditions. I told the agent to get me to Quebec City any route possible. I had to be there for 1:00 pm. There was only one Air Canada plane leaving Halifax before noon, and it was going to Ottawa. I took it and then got a flight to Montreal via Ottawa, and finally Quebec City via Montreal. This is the plane that took me to Quebec City. We landed on a very icey runway and the plane swerved a suspiciously long distance past the small airport. I arrived at noon and then was picked up by a driver to go the 45 minutes to Mont Saint-Anne, to the awaiting book reps. I had two minutes to brush off the snow from my head and stomp the slush off my boots, and then the power point presentation pitch. I work best under pressure. I talked about my co-authored textbook, and it went an hour. How much longer shall I go on? As long as you need, I am told. There are questions, many questions and a friendly discussion. We have a short break and then I am asked to present my new concept. I shall not be writing specific details here, but it will deal with weather and it will be published in two formats; one for an academic audience and the other in trade paperback format for the general public. I have a managing editor, a publisher that is keen and leading in this field and I am thrilled beyond words. For this to occur in the second week of my sabbatical is more than unbelievable.

I had a blissful two days, including the best massage I have had in my life, pampered beyond belief and back home again to my wonderful family. Quebec City is beautiful. I've decided that we must go there for a family vacation this summer.

A toast to:
  • great friends
  • good company
  • life's unexpected travels
  • exciting days ahead

  1. Blogger Jase said:

    So glad you're back, I missed you. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your book! The weather there looks awful, we've had it very mild here. I am praying to pagan gods that they'll keep the cold away for another month, when I'm back to Costa Rica for a few weeks. I'm back there for a week next Wednesday too. I'm looking forward to it. I live up in the hills and it so peaceful there.

  1. Blogger christina said:


    That little plane looks scary.

  1. Blogger Aly said:

    I am thrilled to hear things are going well. Although I must say that plane looks a tad scary to me.
    I hope things keep working to your advantage and you get all that you want.

    The blog world was a bit quieter without you these past few days.

  1. Blogger momyblogR said:

    Your travels sounded a little scary. I'm so glad you arrived safely.

    Hope all goes well with your book, I don't see how it couldn't

    So, glad you're back...we were missed.

  1. Blogger momyblogR said:

    Oops...YOU were missed, lol! It's well past my bedtime.

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    Glad you made it back safely!

    Sounds like things are going well for you! I am so happy. I had my fingers crossed also.

    Hope you knew you had us all pulling for you...with that kind of energy you can only have good things happen.


  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    excellent news! two books instead of one! and one for the general public, i.e us!
    we missed you lots

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Welcome back! The horrible weather makes for very beautiful pictures. It sounds like the presentation went very, very well - congratulations!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I did feel your energy and missed knowing what you all were up to while I was away. I'll be doing some catching up in the days ahead!

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Welcome Home Cathy..So great to hear you are so happy and things went well. Canadian Winter sucks as u know..Glad you are home safe.

    Goodluck , fingers crossed and positive thoughts with the book.

    Add me to the " you were missed list" :)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I thought of you as my plane landed in MOntreal; I was thinking "hello Heidi, out there somewhere...:)" Next time I am in Montreal,we wil have to arrange to meet for coffee!

  1. Blogger Will D said:

    I don't think I have ever been on a plane that small, looks fun, did it do loop de loops? LOL


  1. Blogger erikku said:

    Quebec is a gorgeous place, definately on my to-go list.

    Do you have any more pictures?

  1. Blogger Clo said:

    Hi Cathy, nice to meet you! So you were at MY Quebec city yesterday? Hee, hee, a lost of snow isn't it?
    I looked at your profile and I saw that we are two virgo, and two boar(I usually say pig, in french "cochon"), but we are not the same age. I'm 12 more, so I'm 46!
    I also laugh at your "a tuque is a hat and a chesterfield is a couch". It's funny because when I first met my husband(who is dead now, yes, I'm a widow), though we are french speaking he used to say "chesterfield" instead of any word in french.
    I see that you speak french also, if you come again to my blog, you can write in french, it will pleasure my french friends. Bye

  1. Blogger sjobs said:

    Cahty-Things sound great on the book front. Welcome back.

    I love the photos. The only place in Canada I have had the pleasure of visiting is Thunder Bay. Growing up in Northern MN, I understand the whole weather thing.

  1. Blogger Neo said:

    Cathy - Glad you made it back ok.

    That would have scare the hell out of me! I wouldn't want to fly in normal conditions let along all that snow!

    Peace & Hugs,

    - Neo

  1. Blogger Lisa said:

    I am glad that you arrived safely and had a such a good time.

    How exciting !!!

    The plane ride sounded a little scary !!!

  1. Blogger Steve Awesome said:

    If I had a glass I would chink the monitor to your toast.

    Working under pressure is best because you have the adrenaline going and there is no stopping you. Its also rewarding when your finished!

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Welcome back! I'm glad you got the rest you deserved. Massage...that sounds wonderful! :) And Ive never seen so much snow!

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    "Next time I am in Montreal,we wil have to arrange to meet for coffee! "

    100%!!!!! :)..Looking forward to it.

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    Glad your back home, it all sounds so exciting, i sure missed ya. :)

  1. Blogger vani said:

    wow, glad you made it ok. in that weather i wouldn't leave the house! nice pics though. :)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Hello friends and visitors;
    I am so glad to be back to my family and friends; thank you all again for the great well wishes.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Oh, Eric;
    I have a few more photos but it was really difficult to take many because it was so snowy and slippery as well. I really ahd to watch my footing! I was also indoors a good part of the time, with not much chance to snap up good pictures. I may post a few more in the days ahead...

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Congratulations!!! I knew you'd be successful :o)
    Welcome home my friend :)

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    Glad you made it home again safely, and that your presentation went well. Scary stuff, looking at your snow and plane photos. Don't know that I'd like that. Take care, Meow

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